MADISON, Wis. — Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says that only the “structure” of a juvenile justice overhaul plan may pass this session, leaving more work to be done next session.
Fitzgerald reiterated to reporters Wednesday that passing the plan backed by Gov. Scott Walker and a bipartisan group of lawmakers is a “heavy lift in the amount of time we have.”
The plan calls for closing the troubled Lincoln Hills prison, housing the most serious juvenile offenders in state-run prisons and having counties pay for housing less violent inmates.
Fitzgerald says given the amount of work needed on the bill, the Legislature may put the structure in place this session and execute the plan next session. Fitzgerald says he’s still “hopeful” something will pass.